Sunday, June 19, 2011

Steppin' Out - 6-18-11

Steppin' Out - 6-18

Steppin' Out - 6-18

Saturday was the big day. Well, the big day in our Em's eyes. We took her to see some of her favorite characters featured in Sesame Street Live.

We met up with some pals to enjoy the show.


Em had a blast watching her favorite characters take the stage. She cheered, clapped and sung along.
Sesame Street Live

Big Bird at Sesame Street Live

Sesame Street Live

Worth a thousand words






Getting his hair did

Thank you, Brent, for everything you do. Em and I love and adore you to the moon and back.

Happy Father's Day to dads everywhere!



Nanette & Em

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Berry good Saturday

Strawberry-picking at Tanaka Farms may just be our latest family tradition. We went last year for Father's Day weekend, and we made the trek down there yesterday to meet up with Kim, Joe and their little gal.

It was the same set-up as last year -- a wagon ride through the farm's various fields, with stops to taste the fresh produce.

Checking out the banana trees
Banana trees

The tour's finale is 15 minutes in the fields to stuff yourselves silly and fill plastic boxes with some of the freshest strawberries you'll ever taste.

Picking strawberries


Em couldn't get enough of the berry goodness.


She was too enamored with the strawberries to stop and smile at the camera for us, but we made it work.
Me and Em

Us gals

Kim and Joe enjoyed the excursion, too, even if it took their little gal a while to warm up to it.
Sweet family

After the tour, we picked up some goodies from the farm's stands, along with lunch.

The girls played amongst the plentiful bales of hay.
Hay hay mamas

Oh my goodness

Tiny farmers

laughing it up

Good food, good times, good friends!

We might just have to make the trip down this fall for pumpkin season!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Steppin' Out - 6-11-11

Steppin' Out in the strawberry fields

Strawberry fields

As you may have noticed, we stepped out in some strawberry fields this weekend, which I'll recap in a separate post because I'm beat from such a fun day.

P.S. The sticker on my shirt is actually my ticket for the strawberry tour, not some new office supply-inspired fashion trend.

Timeouts are no fun






It's hard to stay upset at a face like that.

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Art show. We're all going to the art show.

When our friend, Nicole, sent us info about an upcoming art exhibit inspired by Yo Gabba Gabba and featuring Brandon Bird, one of our favorite artists, we knew we had to go.

We weren't sure if we'd make it to the exhibit opening on Friday night, given that it started across town at Em's bedtime of 7 p.m. However, she had a nice and long late nap, so we headed out.

The exhibit was housed in the back area of Meltdown Comics, not far from the Sunset Strip. Our excursion started off with a bang when Brent spotted one of our favorite actresses, Emma Stone, strolling with a pal down the Strip.

We arrived at the event shortly after 7, and Em made a beeline to the display of Yo Gabba Gabba comic books at the front of the store. That was exciting enough as it was, but when we entered the bustling crowd in the gallery, she wasn't sure what to do with herself.

We snapped a pic in front of some decor similar to one of the character's lands. Forgive my camera phone pics -- I forgot our fancy camera at home.

We pushed through the growing crowds and oggled the exhibits, which were created by various artists.

I was intrigued by this photo as I've seen every episode a dozen times and didn't recognize this photo still. Excited to see this air!

Em enjoyed the art, too.

I loved, loved, loved these plush creations of the characters.

And these crotcheted versions.

Along with this sculpture.

I assumed there'd be a few fun surprises for opening night, but I was still surprised to see three of the five costumed characters make an appearance at the event. We watched as Em scanned the crowd and spotted them towering above. She repeated under her breath, "Ohmygod, ohmygod, ohmygod." And she asked Brent, repeatedly, "Where's Brobee?" -- one of the two missing characters.

There was a professional photographer on site to take pics of the fans with the characters, and we snapped this grainy one with my phone.
With Muno, Foofa & Plex

[Edited to add the pro version, taken by Chad Fjerstad. I love, love, LOVE it!]
As the crowd of fans for photos dwindled, we stood near the characters. In between photos, they'd wave at Em. I suggested she wave and blow them a few kisses, and when she did, they blew kisses back to her.

Her eyes were big as saucers.

She was smitten.

It was no wonder that she protested loudly when we made our way to the door.

The pieces in the show varied widely in prices. We found a couple really cool pieces well within our price range, but they were sold before we could snag them.

Luckily, there were some limited edition prints available of a few of our favorites, and some of them were from Brandon Bird. In fact, we discovered that it was him manning his print table.

Brent told him all about Brent's faux art gallery in his office and shared this pic of one of Brandon's prints, which our friends had given Brent, complete with an ornate frame.
Christopher Walken

Yes, that's Christopher Walken fixing a robot. What of it?

We picked up one of Brandon's prints, featuring the show's DJ Lance. Brent's brother bought us an exhibit poster. We had spotted Mark Mothersbaugh, lead singer of Devo and regular Yo Gabba Gabba guest, in the crowd. We were leaving at the same time, so we asked him to sign our poster, which he did gladly.

Show poster on the left, DJ lance on the right.
Art show treasures

Brent and I love indulging the fangirl in Em at events like these. We're excited to see how much she enjoys the live show later this year. Good thing her parents are fans, too.

The exhibit runs until June 17, so local folks have plenty of time to check out the creations themselves.